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Further thoughts following the ISACA London Chapter’s “Soft Skills Workshop”

Further thoughts following the ISACA London Chapter's "Soft Skills Workshop"

The ISACA London Chapters "Soft Skills Workshop", held at Verizon last week was a great opportunity to hear from and connect with Cyber Security experts and Practitioners. They provided valuable insight into 'Soft Skills' and why they are so important within the industry. This was my first ISACA event of this nature and I am sure one of many more to come.

Below are some of the 'soft skills' discussed at the event, which we believe additionally, are great transferable skills for individuals keen to make the move into the Cyber Security sector. Being able to demonstrate one, or some of these 'soft skills' can make you much more attractive to prospective companies.

Communication
• On the night this was voted as the most valuable soft skills and fundamentally one that underpins all others.
• Being able to communicate effectively is paramount in this sector – whether that is presenting ideas/concepts to colleagues, relaying accurate information under pressure or being to use listen effectively to users/ customers.
• Beyond this, being able to work effectively in team, influencing and persuading others is also crucial.

Work Ethic
• Although often misconceived as "getting in early and staying late", to me work ethic is about taking pride in what you do, going the extra mile, proactiveness and time management.
• The Cyber Security landscape is ever evolving and its fundamental to be focused on constantly upskilling to be in line with emerging threats and ensuring tasks are completed as efficiently and accurately as possible to prevent breaches or hacks.


Adaptability
• Drawing from the above point – in an ever-changing cyber security landscape it is imperative that technical skills and business processes are constantly evolving to give your business the edge.
• This means having a natural curiosity in learning new things, developing skills and being able to respond and deal with cyber-attacks or threats to your business in a level-headed way.
What are your thoughts on transferable and soft skills within the Cyber Security industry? Any others you would like to see in the above?

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